UN CHILD RIGHTS COMMITTEE URGES AGAINST SPANKING

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 26 (LifeSiteNews) – This week, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child took up the compliance reports of Grenada and South Africa on the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The committee urged the countries to ban spanking as a form of discipline, even in the home by parents. A UN report indicates that the delegation from Grenada apologetically explained the country’s retention of spanking.  “The delegation stressed again that application of corporal punishment was not the Government’s policy, and that in schools, such practice was regulated.  However, due to tradition, there had been […]
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PENSION WATCHERS WARN CANADIAN PENSION AND HEALTH IN TROUBLE

TORONTO, Jan 26 (LifeSiteNews)  More warnings about Canada’s demographic crisis have surfaced with a report released yesterday by Canada’s corporate and public sector pension plan sponsors and the professional firms that advise them. They warned that “a demographic time bomb threatens Canada’s public and private retirement plans.” The Association of Canadian Pension Management (ACPM) said that “without major changes over the next few years, the combined forces of the retirement of the Boomer generation, rising life expectancies and falling birth rates will seriously strain—and could rupture—our retirement and health care systems by 2030.” The report explains: “that is when all […]
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CANADIAN POLICE ISSUE WARRANT FOR ARREST OF JAMES KOPP

OTTAWA, Jan 26 (LifeSiteNews) – A Canada-wide arrest warrant was issued Monday by the Ontario Provincial Police against James Kopp who has been charged with the 1995 non-fatal shooting of Ontario abortionist Hugh Short.  Kopp was charged with murder by US authorities last year in the death of abortionist Barnett Slepian and was placed on the FBI’s ten most wanted list.  The OPP claim that evidence points to Kopp as the guilty party in their case but they are refusing to reveal the nature of their evidence. The National Post reported yesterday that public and private rewards for information leading […]
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UPDATE ON HOMOSEXUAL COUPLE WITH SURROGATE TWINS

CHELMSFORD, England, Jan 26 (LifeSiteNews) – The British government has granted permission for twins to remain in Britain indefinitely. They were born in the United States to a surrogate mother who was carrying them for a homosexual millionaire couple.  LifeSite reported last September that Barrie Drewitt, and Tony Barlow caused an uproar in Britain after paying an   American company nearly half a million (Canadian) dollars to allow them to have surrogate twins. Each of the men donated sperm, which were combined with donor eggs and implanted in American Rosalind Bellamy. The twins were not granted UK citizenship. British law […]
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FALWELL SUES WHITE HOUSE OVER DATABASE ON PRO-LIFERS

WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (LifeSiteNews) – Following the discovery of a secret database of pro-lifers kept by the US Justice Department and the FBI, Dr. Jerry Falwell, Chancellor of Liberty University and founder of “The Moral Majority,” filed a Privacy Act request to determine whether or not The White House and Clinton Justice Department had files on him and his ministries. Both requests were stonewalled leading to suspicions that illegal files are being kept on Dr.  Falwell and his ministries. To get at the truth, Judicial Watch and Jerry Falwell, Jr., an attorney in Lynchburg, Virginia, and son of Dr. Falwell, […]
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LIFESITE NEWSBYTES

The US Food and Drug Administration has shut down major gene therapy experiments at the University of Pennsylvania which involved researcher James Wilson, a prominent researchers in the field. The action follows the September death of a teenager and the subsequent investigation’s findings that Penn could not provide investigators with proof that any of the volunteers in the fatal study had been eligible to participate or had been adequately warned of the risks of the research.  The National Abortion Rights Action League has released the latest edition of a report on the status of abortion in all 50 states. Some […]
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UPDATE ON HUNGARIAN PRO-LIFE GROUP FINED FOR DEFENCE OF LIFE

BUDAPEST, Jan 25 (LifeSiteNews) – As LifeSite reported last week, the Hungarian pro-life group Alfa Alliance and a Catholic priest were fined nearly $3000 CDN (not $35,000 as was reported based on an erroneous AFP report) for acting in defense of the life of a 13-year-old’s unborn baby.  An update on the story from the Alfa Alliance indicates that in fact, the teenager, Katalin,  approached other agencies hoping to keep the baby since she believed abortion to be wrong.  Her mother however, insisted on an abortion, seeing the pregnancy as a disgrace to the family. The pro-life group went to […]
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VERMONT ACCEPTING INPUT ON GAY MARRIAGE TILL TONIGHT

STOWE, VT, Jan 25 (LifeSiteNews) – LifeSite has learned that the Vermont State’s legislators are accepting public input until 7 p.m. tonight on the VT Supreme Court ruling providing marriage benefits to homosexual cohabitators. Vermont’s Catholic bishop has asked for prayers and for pro-family supporters to contact the legislature with the message: “We only support traditional marriage between a man and a woman. We do not support domestic partnership agreements.” Email VT’s Lt. Governor at: [email protected]
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CANADIAN GROUP TRAINS ASIAN YOUTH IN UN ABORTION ADVOCACY

BANGKOK, Thailand, Jan 25 (LifeSiteNews) – Action Canada for Population and Development (ACPD), a front group for Planned Parenthood of Canada, is putting on a workshop to train youth to lobby for abortion in preparation for Beijing +5. ACPD is working with the Youth Coalition for ICPD and the Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW) to produce the “Asia-Pacific Advocacy Training Workshop on Adolescent/Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights” to run Jan 31 – Feb 3 in Bangkok. The groups note they are searching for 20-25 youth to train not only for abortion advocacy at the UN […]
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UPDATE ON CASE OF NEWSPAPER ON TRIAL FOR QUOTING BIBLE

SASKATOON, SK, Jan 25 (LifeSiteNews) – Last August LifeSite reported that the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (HRC) had agreed to hear a case brought by homosexual activists against a newspaper that published an ad quoting the Bible on homosexuality. The Saskatoon StarPhoenix printed a paid advertisement from Hugh Owens on June 30, 1997 depicting two stick-figure men holding hands, superimposed with a red circle and slash, and quoting several Bible verses regarding homosexuality. Ian Hunter, a professor emeritus in the faculty of law at the University of Western Ontario,  wrote in the National Post last week that the case was […]
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